Science in the Snowies

School students and community members in the Cooma Monaro region of NSW will celebrate National Science Week this year with an exciting line up of activities for young and old! From science you can eat to messy science play, there’s fun to be had by the whole family.

Head to Cooma Library on Saturday 12 August from 10.30am to learn how to make ice cream in a bag and go crazy experimenting with Squirt Gun painting. A free Brain Break morning tea will be provided, where you’ll have a chance to put your brain to the test with this year’s science quiz.

School communities in Berridale, Cooma, Jindabyne and Bombala will also enjoy super science from Australia’s biggest show off, Dr Graham Walker, a longstanding science communicator who has been enchanting audiences of all ages since 2001.

Graham has taken science to over a million people in Australia and around the world using exciting live science shows, hands-on activities and workshops delivered to teachers and students. He’s worked and consulted for big names in Australian science communication including Questacon and CSIRO, while also performing abroad for UNESCO and science festivals and centres in Abu Dhabi, Africa, Jordan, Malaysia, Brunei, China, Saudi Arabia and Singapore.

In late 2012, Graham got his PhD in (you guessed it) science shows from the Australian National University – one of two in the world in this specialty area. He enjoys sharing this expertise and regularly conducts science centre staff training and teacher workshops around the world.

Graham has unique experience working with younger children and families, teenage, and adult audiences. From killer bowling ball pendulums to embarrassing ‘shrinkage’ in freezing liquid nitrogen, his shows are jammed with intriguing science aimed to inspire audiences to laugh, learn, see the wonder of the scientific method and highlight the careers available. Graham loves to craft his own unique props and equipment, including a life-size ultra-flatulent cow, Belching Buttercup, who helps him communicate climate change and is latest creation, the Snowboard Hoverboard.

For more information contact Cooma Library on 02 6455 1730 or visit the Facebook page.

The Science in the Snowies program has received funding from Inspiring Australia, who is working with community and education organisations and local businesses to develop year-round science events and a revitalised Science Hub for the region.